Meet the experts – POLITICO

The experts help us guide our conversation about how to make our cities better

The POLITICO Global Policy Lab is a collaborative journalistic project that seeks solutions to societal challenges in a time of rapid change. living cities, a year-long series starting March 31 explores the future of cities. To guide our conversation, POLITICO assembled a panel of experts who will advise and provide feedback throughout the project.

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Guilherme Rodrigues is a Portuguese urban economist at the Center for Cities, a London-based think tank that studies the economy of British cities. He has a master’s degree in economics from the Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon and has studied inflation and property prices for several European countries.


Linda Gustavsson is a Swedish gender strategist working for the city of Umeå. She has been working with gender equality in public organizations for 15 years, with a particular focus on gender in relation to urban planning, infrastructure, mobility and climate change at the local level.


Mirik Milan is the Dutch former night mayor of Amsterdam. A former nightclub promoter, he has handled strategy and production for mass events such as Nuit Blanche and Amsterdam Fashion Week. He is co-founder of the nightlife consultancy VibeLab and author of the article “Governing the night-time city: The rise of night mayors as a new form of urban governance after dark”.


Carlo Moreno is the Franco-Colombian creator of the 15 Minutes City concept and the Smart Cities Advisor to the City of Paris. He is co-founder and academic director of the Chair in Entrepreneurship, Territory, Innovation at Paris IAE – Panthéon Sorbonne University and a member of the academic advisory board of Columbia University’s City Diplomacy Lab.


Catherine Sarfatti serves as Director of C40’s Inclusive Climate Action programme, which supports mayors and local governments in planning and implementing bold climate action. Caterina leads and manages global initiatives on local Green New Deals, climate and migration, gender-responsive climate action and a just transition.


Marco Cremaschi is an Italian Professor of Urban Planning and Head of the Urban Planning and Design Master’s program at the Urban School, Sciences Po, Paris. He examines how cities respond to the influx of refugees and migrants, the informal housing sector, the financialization of housing and the cultural aspect of urban politics.


Antonio Giraldo is a Spanish geographer and urban planner. He serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Spanish Socialist Party and writes on urban planning issues for several Spanish newspapers.


Ann Voets is an art historian and landscape architect specializing in urban planning. Voets has taught landscape architecture and urban design at the LUCA School of the Arts in Brussels and Ghent and was a lecturer in landscape and urban design at the Brussels Institut Supérieur d’Urbanisme et de Rénovation Urbaine. She has served on several urban planning commissions, is a board member of the Korei Association of Cultural Ambassadors, which highlights the link between art, architecture and urban planning, and is a member of the Royal Commission for Monuments and Sites of the Brussels Region of Belgium.

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